Riftworld: Legends #1
Writer: Jonathan Williams
Art: Daniel Wong
Colors: Paris Alleyne
Cover: Lamin Martin
Riftworld: Legends is the tale of two stories. Fiona’s confirmation is in a week, and her grandma has come to cheer her on. To lift Fiona’s spirits, Grandma gives a story of her father, Jackie Fortune, the boy thief. After all, these are dark times.
First, I’m gonna be honest and say the opening surprised me. A young girl accused of worshipping the devil was thrown into the sea. Her community watched as she was cast away and devoured. Unfortunately, these events are gonna hit closer to home for our main character. One thing I liked about the opening was the reader is thrown right into what I’m guessing is Riftworld. This includes style of dress, religion, and possibly authoritative and respected community leaders. Also, the reader is introduced to the protagonist, her family, and establishes some background that’s sure to come up later.
Jonathan Williams does a great job of establishing the points listed above as well as others. If you pick this up, you will see that Riftworld Legends reads like an adventure book in the way of Treasure Island and works like it. However, these two pieces of work are not the same. Yes, the biggest similarities include innocent main character, wizened older character, and pirates. However, Williams throws off a lot of generic tropes that come with his characters. Perhaps, they aren’t characters that break any molds by any means. Simply, they don’t overwhelm the story with stereotypes. Although, they are there, mind you.
Daniel Wong combines a little realism in his art with some nice detail here and there. His work is very clean and nice to look at. Also, he does well with backgrounds, but gives us some “plain” panels as well. There is a nice balance in the book. Moreover, I like some of the facial expressions of the characters. It really helps build their personality on top of the dialogue.
If you like fantasy and adventure books, then check out Riftworld: Legends #1. As a matter of fact, this book is free on Comixology, so what are you waiting for? I’m sure Williams and Wong has more lore for readers to discover.